So many great movies are coming out in 2022, but you’ll find it most interesting that they aren’t being released in theaters. The biggest movie studios are pulling back on the number of films they release each year, and Netflix is picking up the slack with more original content than ever before. Here’s our list of the 22 best Netflix movies in 2022.
1. Marriage Story
Marriage Story is the first movie on our list of the 23 best Netflix movies in 2022. The movie – Marriage Story, with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. It’s about a couple trying to get back together after a divorce, so if you liked this movie, you might also like Marrying Mr. Darcy!
I give Marriage Story 7 out of 10 stars—because it was good but not as good as Marrying Mr. Darcy!
2. The Irishman
The Irishman is a movie that makes a case for Netflix needing to make its movies more like TV. That’s not meant as a slight—I’m sure Martin Scorsese would love to have been able to spend more than two years on his latest film—but it’s meant instead as praise for the way The Irishman works within its limited time frame. By focusing on one period of Sheeran’s life, this movie can explore everything from Hoffa’s disappearance (for which Sheeran may or may not be responsible) to the mob boss’ relationship with Jimmy Cagney and Al Capone, all while giving us an incredible performance by Robert De Niro as the old-timer hit man himself.
The result is something that feels like a well-paced miniseries rather than an expensive vanity project gone wrong; despite being three hours long, there isn’t any part of this film that feels like filler or wasted space. There are also some great performances from Joe Pesci and Al Pacino (who both got Oscar nominations) in supporting roles.
This film is set in a small town in 1917 and tells the story of Rose, a young woman who lives with her parents on their farm. She’s in love with Henry, another local who works at the factory.
When Rose’s brother is killed by a German bomb while fighting overseas, she decides to join him by becoming a nurse during World War I. The two characters meet again when they’re both wounded during the battle and end up in hospital together—but will they get back together?
4. Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Directed by Quentin Tarantino, this movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt and is set to release on August 9th, 2022. The film takes place in Los Angeles during the 1960s. It follows an actor named Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), who has been struggling in Hollywood for some time now. He is also friends with a stunt double named Cliff Booth (Pitt).
It’s about two men who go on a journey together as they try to make it in Hollywood during a tumultuous time period. You can expect plenty of twists and turns along the way!
5. Knives Out
- Knives Out, directed by Rian Johnson.
- Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, and Jamie Lee Curtis star in this modern-day murder mystery. Based on the short story by Roald Dahl. A detective investigates a murder and gets drawn into a web of lies, deceit, and suspicion.
- The movie was released in 2022 with a runtime of 115 minutes.
6. The Two Popes
The Two Popes is a movie based on John Allen’s book of the same name, which tells the story of how Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI became friends as priests, enemies during their papacies, and reconciled in retirement. The film stars Jude Law as Pope Francis and Anthony Hopkins as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (or “Pope Emeritus” for short).
7. Jojo Rabbit
Jojo Rabbit is a comedy film directed by Taika Waititi. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Sam Rockwell as the mother and father of an awkward 10-year-old boy struggling with his identity as a Nazi. It’s set in WWII Germany and follows Jojo Rabbit (Joel Edgerton) as he tries to find his place in an increasingly scary world. It will be released on Netflix on April 4th, 2020.
The movie stars Jojo’s father, Captain Kramm (played by Steve Carrell), and his mother, Frau Engel (played by Scarlett Johansson). Two of the most important German officers in World War II don’t realize that they have an enemy within their own home: Jojo. In an attempt to protect his family from getting into trouble with Hitler himself, he pretends to be a devoted supporter of Nazism while secretly plotting against them behind closed doors.
Para is a 2019 American black comedy-drama film directed by Bong Joon-ho and written by Bong and Jon Ronson. The film stars Seo-hyun Ahn, Steven Yeun, Lee Sun-Kyun, Ki Hong Lee, and Park Hae-il.
The story revolves around a family struggling with poverty who are forced to host parasites that provide them with a luxurious life at the cost of their humanity. It’s about a family struggling with poverty who are forced to host parasites that provide them with a luxurious life at the cost of their humanity.
9. The Man From Toronto
The Man From Toronto is a comedy-drama directed by Martin McDonagh, starring Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson, and Josh Brolin. Based on the novel by Martin McDonagh and set in 1940s America, it follows an Irish gangster who travels to New York City to find his long-lost brother and pay him a visit before he leaves for Canada. This ambitious project was filmed entirely in black-and-white and has been described as “a high concept film noir.” Though it won’t be released until 2022 (so we’ll have to wait until then for Netflix), The Man From Toronto has already been lauded for its unique approach to storytelling: not only are you watching three different storylines unfold simultaneously, but there’s also no dialogue between characters at any point during the film!
Joker (stylized as JOKER) is an upcoming American crime film directed by Todd Phillips and written by Phillips and Scott Silver. It is a standalone film in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and is not part of the larger DC multiverse. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian who turns to a life of crime amidst mental illness after his mother’s death. Robert De Niro plays Murray Franklin, an aging actor who plays the “real” Joker on television. It also stars Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond, Bruce’s love interest; Frances Conroy as Mary Maxwell, Bruce’s nanny; Shea Whigham as Jack Martin; Marc Maron as Jimmy Gums; Josh Pais as Freddy Freeman; Glenn Fleshler as Lenny Bruce Jr.; Douglas Hodge as Ed Wertham; Bill Campo/ Billy Magnussen round out the cast.
11. Uncut Gems
This movie is about a man who is a gem cutter and his journey to find the perfect gem. The storyline of this movie is excellent, and it also has good acting. The movie is funny but also a good family and date movie.
12. The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Directed by Joe Talbot, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a 2020 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Joe Talbot. It stars Jimmie Fails and Danny Glover. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2020.
13. Honey Boy
A drama directed by Alma Har’el and starring Shia LaBeouf and Lucas Hedges, Honey Boy is a movie about a young man who struggles with his mother’s death. It follows him as he tries to find his way in the world, but it also tells a story about how he continually struggles to come to terms with what happened with her.
Shia LaBeouf delivers a compelling performance as Otis Lort, the main character of this film. He does a fantastic job conveying everything that Otis goes through throughout his life—from dealing with his mother’s death when he was young all the way up until today. Many people can relate to how she finds her place in their lives again because we’ve all had someone close to us who passed away unexpectedly or under unfortunate circumstances.
The Hustlers is a 2019 American drama film directed by Lorene Scafaria, in her film directorial debut, and written by Jessica Sharzer. The film stars Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Lizzo, and Cardi B. It follows a crew of former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
The film was announced in July 2016 as an adaptation of the New York Magazine article “The Hustlers at Scores.” Production began that September in New York City with Jennifer Lopez set to star as Ramona and Constance Wu cast as Destiny. Principal photography took place from September 24 until November 29, filming locations including Manhattan’s Scores Gentleman’s Club and Midtown East. Hustlers movie was added to the Catalogue but is currently trending on Netflix 2022.
15. The Gray Man
The Gray Man is a movie about an assassin with a gold heart. This could be the title of any number of late-20th-century action movies you’ve seen. Still, in this case, it’s actually true: The titular character is a professional hitman for the CIA who lives by his own moral code and is constantly trying to do right by those he meets on his travels.
The Gray Man unit comes under fire when he is made the target of a corrupt agent but must fight his way out. Enjoy this movie on Netflix, which was released in July of 2022.
When it comes down to it, though, nothing really stands out about The Gray Man other than its use of practical effects (the weapons used here look like real knives) and its willingness to go into detail about how certain things work (for example: how snipers get away with murder). That said, though; this movie does provide plenty of entertainment value which makes up for any shortcomings
16. Persuasion (2022)
Persuasion is a romantic comedy released in 2022. It’s a remake of the novel of the same name Jane Austen wrote. Dakota Johnson stars in this film. She made a mistake in love eight years prior, and both her love interest get to fight for their love in slight touches and subtle conversations!
17. The Sea Beast
The Sea Beast is a film about a sea beast. Directed by Peter Jackson, it was released in 2022 and became an instant box office hit. The critically acclaimed film also won several awards, including Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
It’s always nice to see people coming together to make art—especially when they do so successfully!
18. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a comedy about the ghostbusting adventures of the Grandchild of one of the original ghostbusters. Great storyline and was recently added to the July Catalogue on Netflix. It sits on the top 10 list of Netflix and makes it into our list of the 23 best movies in 2022. Enjoy.
19. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
I understand that not every movie you watch has to be a cinematic masterpiece, and I’m not trying to tell you that “Hello Goodbye and Everything In Between” will change your life. However, if you’re looking for a solid romantic comedy with some great performances (including one by Dan Stevens), this might just be what you need.
The film follows high school sweethearts Beckett and Audrey as they try to navigate a clean break-up when they know their lives are headed in different directions. It’s directed by Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman) and stars Katharine McPhee, Casey Wilson, and Dan Stevens as the leads; all three are excellent in their roles.
20. Hustle (2022)
Adam Sandler stars as a sports agent who helps a talented player get noticed by the NBA but soon discovers that his own talents make him unique.
Also starring: Queen Latifah. Hustle which came out this 2022, is currently trending top 10 on Netflix and therefore makes our list of the 23 best Netflix movies in 2022.
21. Love and Gelato
Love and Gelato is a romantic comedy directed by Giorgio Serafini. The movie is based on the Italian film “The Best of Youth,” about a girl who takes a trip right after her mom dies from a long illness and discovers herself and love just before college.
This is the 22nd movie on my list of the best movies available on Netflix as of 2022.
22. A Perfect Pairing
A woman (Katherine Heigl) must find a way to save her family’s winery from being sold after her father’s death. She enlists the help of an expert (Josh Duhamel) who can taste things he shouldn’t be able to sense, and together they set out on an adventure that will change everything for them both.
This movie has all the classic elements you’d expect from a romantic comedy: quirky characters, funny moments, heartwarming scenes, and more! The film also stars David Walton as Nathan Scott and Melissa McCarthy as Riley Walker. It was directed by Craig Brewer and written by Ron Basset. A perfect Pairing is the last on my list of best movies of 2022 on Netflix.
I hope this list of the 22 best movies of 2022 on Netflix has given you some ideas for what to watch next.
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